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Zulu Alpha, Spun to Run Work for Pegasus Races

Author: Clint Goodman
Published: Tuesday January 14, 2020
Zulu Alpha, the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Presented by Runhappy (G1T) probable, completed a five-furlong breeze at Gulfstream Park Monday for trainer Mike Maker. The 7-year-old Street Cry gelding registered a time of 1:01.42 and galloped out to six furlongs in 1:14.64.

Zulu Alpha will enter into the Jan. 25 Pegasus Turf off a fourth-place finish in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1T). In that race, he ran late down the center of Santa Anita Park’s turf course. He made it within two lengths of winner and Eclipse Award finalist Bricks and Mortar.

Zulu Alpha was bred by Calumet Farm, and he was campaigned by the farm as well. In September 2018, he took an allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs. There, Michael Hui laid an $80,000 claim to the horse and placed him with Maker.

Since then, Zulu Alpha has run in graded level races. He has four wins for his new connections, and those included the 1 3/8-mile Mac Diarmida Stakes (G2T) and the 1 1/2-mile W.L. McKnight Stakes (G3T). Both took place at Gulfstream Park.

Spun to Run

Also preparing for the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Presented by Runhappy (G1) is Spun to Run. He worked an easy five furlongs in 1:03 at Palm Meadows Training Center for trainer Juan Carlos Guerrero.

The Hard Spun colt scored an upset victory in the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). In his most recent race, he lost by 3 1/2 lengths to Maximum Security and finished second in the Dec. 7 Cigar Mile (G1) at Aqueduct Racetrack. 

Bodexpress, Tenfold, Midcourt 

Other news has come out about the Pegasus races this week. On Saturday, graded stakes winners Tenfold and Midcourt and grade 1-placed Bodexpress became part of the formal list of horses invited to the $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes Presented by Runhappy (G1) at Gulfstream Park.

The Pegasus World Cup Day program will include nine stakes races, with six of them being graded.

Based in California with trainer John Shirreffs, C R K Stable’s Midcourt was added to the list. The 5-year-old son of champion sprinter Midnight Lute took four consecutive wins last summer and fall. 

Those were closed out with a victory in the Nov. 23 Native Diver Stakes (G3) at Del Mar. In his most recent start, he took third in the Dec. 28 San Antonio Stakes (G2) at Santa Anita Park.

Tenfold, the winner of the 2018 Jim Dandy Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G2) and 2019 Pimlico Special Stakes (G3), was also invited. He is trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who scored the second renewal of the Pegasus in 2018 with Gun Runner.

Bodexpress, who is trained by Gustavo Delgado, finished second behind Maximum Security in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) last spring. In the Preakness Stakes (G1), he lost Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez at the start. 

He took a break and later came back to win back-to-back victories against maiden special weight and allowance company before finishing third in the Dec. 14 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream. 

No longer on the list of invitees are Maximum Security, Gift Box, Roadsterm, and Bravazo.

Three of the horses that were on the reserve list are now on the main body of the race. They are Diamond Oops, True Timber, and War Story.